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“A heartfelt meditation on music, love and ukuleles!”


Featuring guest appearances from Grammy Winner George Kahumoku, Bill Tapia, Herb Ohta Jr., Ian Whitcomb,  L’il Rev, Patti Maxine, Tony Graziano, Rick Turner and more.

“My objection to this documentary is that it was hard to watch, take notes and at the same time horse around with my Makala Soprano. Happily, this charming, winning documentary has a place for those armed with ukes to join in..” Richard von Busack, Santa Cruz.com

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“A treat! See this unique film for fun and a deeply touching slice of life!”

Dottie Jakobsen, Private Mortgage Banker

Under the Boardwalk: A Ukulele Love Story tells a joyful, lyrical, and sometimes poignant story about the biggest ukulele club in the world and the little instrument that makes it hum.

-“Bravissima!  the best “feel good” movie I’ve seen in ages!

Sharon Brooks, Music Instructor, San Jose State College CA

Under the Boardwalk, A Ukulele Love Story is the story of how a small house party in an out of the way town in California grows into the biggest ukulele club in the world.  It is also the story of how a small instrument makes a long journey from Portugal to Hawaii to the mainland, lands in people’s hearts, and creates a uniquely Hawaiian-American musical tradition that is currently experiencing a world wide revival.

-“I’ve watched it twice and I can’t wait to show it to my friends. It’s a wonderful film, filled with empathy, good music and warm humor.”

Lewis Shepard, Art Appraiser Boston, Massachusetts.

-Bravo.  We laughed and cried…this stands as a great reminder that we can strenghthen the fabric of our communities thru song, music is the great healer, it is a bridge builder like no other!” Li’l Rev, Musician, Wisconsin
The Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz and the ukulele instrument itself are the two main characters of the film. Their stories are intercut, as both overcome humble beginnings to meet with unlikely success.

The two stories add up to a tale of love and community that develops through the celebration and joy people find making music together.

“Under The Boardwalk is a delightful, humorous documentary about the little musical instrument that could.”

Mary McCaslin, Singer-Songwriter


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If you want to book a screening, please contact us.

  • Lighthouse Cinema,  Petone, New Zealand  March 2014
  • Uke Jam New Zealand ‘Making Friends with Music’ traveling show .
  • Carmel Art and Film Festival Saturday October 13, 2PM, Carmel Youth Center Upper Theater
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival   March 11, 2012
  • Anacapa Ukuleles, Ventura CA   March 13, 2012
  • Temple Beth El, Aptos, CA   April  14, 2012
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma   April  22, 2012
  • Beatniks, Worcester, MA April 26, 2012
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival,  May 19 2012
  • New York Uke Fest,  Manhattan,  June 7, 2012

Nina Koocher

Producer/Director

Nina Koocher recently completed How Much to Remember: One Family’s Conversation with History which is currently in educational distribution.

Her earlier film, Keeping the Faith, won Best of Category at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Sumner Redstone Award, and was an award winner at the Sinking Creek Film Festival. It screened at the Tyneside Film Festival, Newcastle on Tyne, England and at the Women in the Director’s Chair Festival in Chicago.

Ms. Koocher was cinematographer on Ihr Zent Frei(You Are Free), a short documentary nominated for an Academy Award. She worked as an archival researcher for Louis Massiah on the PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize.

Currently Ms. Koocher is at work on a documentary about the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz, CA.

Ms. Koocher also enjoys photographing her teenage son, Josh.

Lynn Swanger

Co-Producer

Lynn Swanger has extensive administrative experience at the University of Minnesota and at Harvard University.  She has also worked in school classrooms, libraries and for two non-profits, Planned Parenthood and Senior Outreach.

More recently, she has discovered the special pleasures of the ukulele, and has been a member of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz for nine years.

Lynn has loved film since seeing Bambi at four years old, which made her the exact right age to become a devoted fan of Truffaut, Fellini and Bergman.

Julie Hendriks……Stills

Donna Thomas…..Banner Illustration

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Viewer’s responses

-“Bravissima!  the best “feel good” movie I’ve seen in ages!

I loved the way you wove the various threads of the story – the historical, the musical, the cultural, the social – together so seamlessly. And both the photography and the sound were exquisite.

For me, you captured the sheer, unabashed joy of making music better than anyone … …clearly, “Under the Boardwalk” deserves a wider audience!” Sharon B.  San Jose, CA  Music instructor, San Jose State College

-“Dear Ms. Ukie Mostest, I luv your film and Santa Cruz; I already have my copy…this DVD is a gift for a friend in Santa Cruz… the BEST Ukulele film/DVD on the planet.” Allen B.  Deerfield, FL

-“I’ve watched it twice and I can’t wait to show it to my friends. It’s a wonderful film, filled with empathy, good music and warm humor.” Lewis S.  Boston, MA  Art appraiser

-Bravo.  We laughed and cried.

Thank you for creating such a wonderful portrait, not only of the ukulele and its romance on us all but, this stands as a great reminder that we can strenghthen the fabric of our communities thru song, music is the great healer, it is a bridge builder like no other!” Lil Rev WI  Musician

Congratulations -  it’s a great thing you have done for music in general and for the Ukulele in particular.  John K.  Hendersonville, Tn.

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UNDER THE BOARDWALK: A UKULELE LOVE STORY

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posted by Ninaon March 1st 20140 comments
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UNDER THE BOARDWALK: A UKULELE LOVE STORY, the film about the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz is the subject of a featured article this month in Making Music Magazine.  http://makingmusicmag.com/love-affair-things-ukulele/ March is Ukulele Month at the magazine and in addition… Read More »

Uke Jam NZ presents
Under the Boardwalk: A Ukulele Love Story

posted by Ninaon July 23rd 20130 comments
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Tauranga (Māori pronunciation: [ˈtaʉɾaŋa])[2][3] is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. This Sunday, July 28 UNDER THE BOARDWALK: A UKULELE LOVE STORY begins its North Island tour of New… Read More »

A RECENT FAN LETTER

posted by Ninaon June 6th 20130 comments
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I just wanted to let you know that apparently old dogs can learn new tricks (at least sort of). Inspired by your film, which we have watched many times, I finally decided several months ago to try to learn to… Read More »

Thanks to Patti and Dave/Looking forward to Grover Beach

posted by Ninaon October 31st 20120 comments
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After featuring Clint in the last post, we wanted to give Barack a chance to get up out that chair and let her rip.  Looks a little younger here.  Don’t forget to VOTE! Thanks to DAVE EGAN and PATTI MAXINE… Read More »

Carmel Art and Film Festival

posted by Ninaon October 5th 20120 comments
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UNDER THE BOARDWALK: A UKULELE LOVE STORY is  honored to be an official selection in the 2012 Carmel Art and Film Festival. THE SCREENING  (TICKETS AT THE DOOR $10/$5 Students) SATURDAY OCTOBER 13 2 PM CARMEL YOUTH CENTER THEATERS Fourth… Read More »

ON THE RADIO AT KSCO 1080 AM ON THE DIAL

posted by Ninaon October 1st 20123 comments
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This past Saturday Nina Koocher was interviewed by Rock Elle and MC Hager on their show It’s the Way of Love.  Click on the link to hear the podcast.  (Hint: The interview starts about 25-30 minutes in.) It was a… Read More »

Catching UP with Under the Boardwalk

posted by Ninaon September 23rd 20120 comments
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In May Under The Boardwalk: A Ukulele Love Story won the award for the Best Locally Produced Film at the 2012 Santa Cruz Film Festival. . . Nina Koocher along with Jayme Kelly Curtis and Rick McKee at the CTV… Read More »

TAKING THE SHOW ON THE ROAD

posted by Ninaon March 24th 20122 comments
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TWO UKE SCREENINGS… TWO FULL HOUSES! After a week in Boston, working on promotion for the upcoming Museum of Fine Art Boston screening on April 22, I traveled to SAN LUIS OBISPO for the SLOIFF festival screening of Under the… Read More »

posted by Ninaon February 29th 20124 comments
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UPCOMING SCREENINGS SPREAD THE WORD !! UNDER THE BOARDWALK: A UKULELE LOVE STORY has 4 upcoming screenings COMING UP SOON! SUNDAY,  MARCH 11 AT 2PM LA PERLA DEL MAR, PISMO BEACH, CA There’s lots of news!  UNDER THE BOARDWALK: A… Read More »